• The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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The Lepidoptera collection includes approximately 60,000 specimens and continues to grow. It includes major contributions from significant collectors such as George Carter Bignell (1896-1910), and has a particular strength in local specimens to the South West and regional variations. 
This lunchtime talk covers the origins and development of the butterfly collection and the formation of the new ‘Mammoth’ gallery at The Box. The striking new display allows visitors to appreciate the rich biodiversity of insect life found on our doorstep, and see an eco-system under threat. 
Dr Sarah Marden explores how butterflies are inspiring conversations and positive local action, creating small notes of hope in the climate emergency. Just as the Butterfly Effect suggests, the delicate specimens we see at The Box are causing larger consequences. 
Sarah is a Museologist with an interest in the relationships between collector and collection. She took up the post of Curator of Natural History at The Box in 2022, moving from the National Trust where she has researched and conserved natural history collections in country houses. She now works with curious and varied collections that include fossils, plants, minerals, insects, the largest collection of spirit preserved marine fauna in the South West and her personal favourite: taxidermy.
Date: Wednesday 1 March 2023
Time: 13:00 – 13:45
Venue: The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: FREE Admission
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Heidi Morstang: Field Observations

11 February – 8 April 2023
Selected works that are an observation of a fragile natural environment, and the increasing changes in the climate that has developed into a global emergency. Through photography and film, landscape is the principal line of inquiry with the attempt to see various ways humans intervene with and in it.
Heidi is Associate Professor in Photography at University of Plymouth.
 
<p>Heidi Morstang, Prosperous Mountain, 2014<br></p>
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